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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jan 21, 2022 Don Isaacson
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In Praise of Great Compassion with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm starting on January 20, 2022 no class on April 21 In this class we will study the fifth of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students. The ​Library of Wisdom and Compassion is a special multivolume series in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares the Buddha's teachings on the complete path to full awakening that he himself has practiced his entire life. The...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 7, 2021 Ven Katy Cole
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Lamrim Year Meditation with Ven. Katy Cole Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm September 6 – December 13, 2021 The lamrim, stages of the path, is a core topic of study in our Buddhist tradition.  The lamrim provides a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path.  Transformation comes not only from study, but from thinking about the topics and doing analytical meditation on them, to make them a part of our lives. Venerable Katy will help us to deepen our lamrim understanding through...
Topics: dharma, Ven Katy Cole
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Jun 29, 2021 Ven Katy Cole
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Introduction to Lamrim Meditation with Ven. Katy Cole Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm June 28 – August 30, 2021 ​(10 sessions) The lamrim, stages of the path, is a core topic of study in our Buddhist tradition. The lamrim provides a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path. Transformation comes not only from study, but from thinking about the topics and doing analytical meditation on them, to make them a part of our lives. Venerable Katy will help us to deepen our lamrim...
Topics: dharma, Ven Katy Cole
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 19, 2021 Ven Tenzin Legtsok, Ven Tenzin Namjong
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Discovering Buddhism Open House with Ven. Tenzin Legtsok and Ven. Tenzin Namjong ​ Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7:00pm – 8:00pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) Ocean of Compassion is pleased to announce the beginning of a new cycle of the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Program.  The program will be taught by two monks who are nearing completion of their Geshe studies at Sera Jey Monastic University in India. The program will follow the official FPMT Discovering Buddhism curriculum.  The aim of the...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Legtsok, Ven Tenzin Namjong
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 6, 2021 Jon Landaw
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Training Our Mind, Changing Our Life with Jon Landaw ​ Thursdays, 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) May 6 – June 17, 2021 no class on June 3 (6 sessions) ​When we experience difficulties or conflicts in our life, we often blame them on someone or something outside ourself. “If only she were nicer to me…if only he stopped behaving like that…if only we had a different system of government…then I wouldn’t be having all these problems.” But according to the Buddha...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 4, 2021 Ven Sangye Khadro
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Meditation 101 with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm May 3 – 31, 2021 ​(5 classes) ​​Buddhist Meditation 101 is an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. It is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. It provides an overview of meditation in general and...
Topics: dharma, Ven Sangye Khadro
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Apr 29, 2021 Ven Katy Cole
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Meditation Mini-Series: ​Dealing with Difficult Emotions with Ven. Katy Cole Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) April 28 – May 12, 2021 ​(3 sessions) In this three session series, Venerable Katy will show us how to begin to address in meditation the delusions of attachment and anger, and their overarching antidote. The session format will be consistent with the Lamrim Series — beginning with nine-round breathing, quieting the mind with Shakyamuni Buddha meditation...
Topics: dharma, Ven Katy Cole
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Apr 9, 2021 Don Isaacson
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Following in the Buddha's Footsteps with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm April 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022 no class on July 29 no class on August 19 no class on November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) no classes December 16–December 30 (Holiday Season) In this class we will study the fourth of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students. The ​Library of Wisdom and Compassion is a special multivolume series in which His Holiness the...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 25, 2021 Ven Thubten Khadro
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Introduction to Contemplative Practice: ​The Four Immeasurable Thoughts with Ven. Thubten Khadro Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm March 24 – April 21, 2021 ​(5 sessions) ​All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). ​​This series will include meditations to settle, calm and quiet the mind and contemplative meditations to open the heart. For the latter, we will use the Four Immeasurable Thoughts of Equanimity, Loving/Kindness, Compassion and Joy.
Topics: dharma, Ven Thubten Khadro
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 14, 2021 Tubten Pende
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path with Tubten Pende Second Sunday of the month 11:00am –​ 12:30pm March 14, 2021 April 11 May 16 June 13 Lama Tsongkhapa's special guru, Manjushri, provided this instruction to him. It is the quintessence of all advice on what we need to focus on in our practice to realize our optimum potential, buddhahood. Pende will discuss at length the three principal aspects: renunciation, the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta), and the correct view.
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 2, 2021 Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
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Q&A Interview with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Monday, March 1, 2021 7:00pm – 8:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) ​Please join us in the Gyalwa Gyatso Virtual gompa for this special event with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Questions will be submitted in advance.
Topics: dharma, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
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FPMT Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential and How to Meditate with Jon Landaw ​ online course Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm  (Pacific Time) February 23 – April 13, 2021 (8 classes) The complete Discovering Buddhism program consists of fourteen interrelated modules and, in the eight-sessions we are going to begin with, we will be covering the first two modules:  Mind and Its Potential  and  How to Meditate . Buddha’s teachings focus primarily on gaining an understanding of the...
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Feb 11, 2021 Ven Katy Cole
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Introduction to Lamrim Meditation with Ven. Katy Cole Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm February 10 – March 17, 2021 ​(6 sessions) The lamrim, stages of the path, is a core topic of study in our Buddhist tradition. The lamrim provides a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path. Transformation comes not only from study, but from thinking about the topics and doing analytical meditation on them, to make them a part of our lives. Venerable Katy will give us an introduction on how...
Topics: dharma, Ven Katy Cole
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Feb 7, 2021 Geshe Thubten Sherab
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What Does it Mean to be a Mahayana Buddhist? with Geshe Thubten Sherab Five sessions over three days, February 5 – 7, 2021 Friday, February 5:     6:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) Saturday, February 6:     10:00am – 11:30am: morning session     1:00pm – 2:30pm: afternoon session Sunday, February 7:     10:00am – 11:30am: morning session     1:00pm – 2:30pm: afternoon session Having briefly explored how the Four Dharma Seals represent the heart of Buddhist philosophy, Geshe...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Feb 4, 2021 Geshe Thubten Sherab
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What Does It Mean to Be Buddhist? An Overview of the Four Dharma Seals with Geshe Thubten Sherab Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) What does it mean when someone says they are Buddhist?  What makes a teaching Buddhist? Learn how the Four Seals represent the heart of Buddhist philosophy, the core tenets of Buddhism.
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jan 26, 2021 Don Isaacson
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Buddhism in a Nutshell with Don Isaacson Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm January 25 – February 15, 2021 ​(4 classes) Are you interested in Buddhism but don't know where to begin? Have you heard words like dharma and karma and samsara thrown around and wondered what they mean or why they matter?  Would you like a quick overview of Buddhism without making a long-term commitment?  This is the course for you! This course provides a general presentation of basic Buddhist concepts and practices...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Dec 3, 2020 Kristina Mah
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Virtual Pilgrimage: Lawudo Guru Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Lawudo Pure Land Project with Kristina Mah and Ven. Robina Courtin Monday, November 9, 2020 7:00pm  and Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946, within sight of the cave of the Lawudo Lama.  Kunzang Yeshe, was a married Ngakpa lama with a son and a daughter, while searching for a suitable place to meditate in solitude, he discovered a beautiful...
Topics: dharma, Kristina Mah, Ven Robina Courtin
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Nov 22, 2020 Ven Robina Courtin
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Refuge and Lay Vows with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, November 21, 2020: Teaching on Refuge and Lay Vows         10:00am - 12:00pm: session 1         1:30pm - 3:30pm: session 2 Sunday, November 22, 2020: Refuge and Lay Vows Ceremony         10:00am - 12:00pm Driven by the wish to develop our marvelous potential for buddhahood, our first formal step is to take refuge in, rely upon, the Buddha, his teachings, and the community of fellow practitioners: the Three Jewels:...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Nov 6, 2020 Ven. Robina Courtin
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Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path with Ven. Robina Courtin Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm November 3 – December 8, 2020 (6 classes) In this course you will gain a clear idea of the path to enlightenment, especially its three main components: renunciation, bodhichitta, and the right view of emptiness. You will understand the progressive, step-like structure of the Lamrim, its origin in the teachings of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, the three scopes, where you fit at your present stage of...
Topic: Dharma
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The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination — The Wheel of Life with Emily Hsu Sunday, November 1, 2020 9:30am – 12:30pm Why are we in our current situation? How did we get here, and where are we going? In this class on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, we will discuss the Wheel of Life, what samsara is, how we become trapped in and perpetuate the cycle of suffering, and how to become free once and for all.
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Oct 24, 2020 Elaine Jackson
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Vajrasattva Purification: Teaching and Practice Online Retreat in Four Sessions with Elaine Jackson Friday, October 23, 2020         7:00pm: evening session Saturday, October 24         10:00am: morning session         4:00pm: afternoon session Sunday, October 25         10:00am: morning session Sessions will last approximately two hours. All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). The path to enlightenment is a gradual, proven process whereby one’s mind is...
Topics: dharma, Elaine Jackson
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Oct 17, 2020 Don Handrick
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Heart Advice for Death and Dying FPMT Course with Don Handrick in five sessions Friday, October 16, 2020     6:00pm–8:00pm Saturday, October 17     10:00am–12:00pm Sunday, October 18     10:00am–12:00pm Wednesday, October 21     6:00pm–8:00pm Wednesday, October 28     6:00pm–8:00pm Most modern societies do an excellent job of hiding away the reality of death. When on top of this we lead a busy life, we may not give much thought to death until we actually encounter it...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
The Benefits of Pilgrimage and A Tour and History of the Holy Sites in Kathmandu with Venerable Robina Courtin and Amber Tamang Monday, September 28, 2020 7:00pm – 8:30pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) While we are prevented from traveling because of the pandemic, there is no reason we can’t travel virtually.  Join us for this 90 minute presentation by Amber Tamang, an historian and pilgrimage guide as we explore the holy sites in Kathmandu.  To kick off this program, Venerable Robina...
Topics: dharma, Amber Tamang, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 11, 2020 Ven. Gyalten Palmo, Don Isaacson
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Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential with Ven. Gyalten Palmo and Don Isaacson online only Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm September 8 – October 6, 2020 (5 classes) We will:  examine what is “mind”, its nature and function, and how it affects our experience             of happiness and suffering.  explore the differentiation between mind and brain look at mind as the creator of our experiences consider the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end...
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Aug 22, 2020 Ven Tenzin Namjong
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The Essence of a Human Life — Words of Advice for the Lay Practitioner with Ven. Tenzin Namjong Saturdays, August 22 – September 12, 2020 (four sessions) 9:00am – 10:30am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) 9:30pm – 11:00pm IST (Indian Standard Time) This devotional poem written in the fourteenth century by Lama Tsongkhapa focuses particularly on the practices of the initial scope practitioner: precious human life, impermanence, death, and karma. Venerable Tenzin Namjong will give a commentary...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Namjong
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Jul 3, 2020 Don Isaacson
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Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm July 2, 2020 – April 1, 2021 no class on August 6 and 20 no class on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day) no class on December 24 and 31 In this class we will study the third of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students.  The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path, and the second volume described the foundation of Buddhist practice. While...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
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May 3, 2020 Don Handrick
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Eight Steps to a Happy Life with Don Handrick Saturday and Sunday, May 2–3, 2020 10:00am–12:00pm: Morning Session (with short tea break) 12:00pm–1:30pm: Lunch Break 1:30pm–2:30pm: Teaching 2:30pm–3:00pm: Tea Break 3:00pm–4:00pm: Teaching The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha and still has great relevance today, providing us with effective guidelines for how to live our lives and develop spiritually. In this weekend course we will explore these...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
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May 1, 2020 Don Handrick
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Conscious Aging: Enjoying the Gifts of Growing Older with Don Handrick Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:00pm – 9:00pm Life can be quite challenging as we age, and society as a whole offers a poor road map for the last leg of our journey. But as we proceed through this latter phase of our lives, unique and profound opportunities for spiritual growth and development can be revealed and we can find a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life. In this session, we will examine how all of us,...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
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Apr 30, 2020 Don Handrick
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Objects of Meditation with Don Handrick Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:00pm – 9:00pm In mindfulness meditation we frequently put our attention on the breath.  You may be familiar with the Thich Nhat Hanh quote:     Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.     Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. But the Buddhist teachings mention a variety of objects of meditation.  Join us tonight and get your questions answered:     What are objects of meditation?     What is the purpose and...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
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Apr 29, 2020 Don Handrick
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The Joy of Living Fully with Don Handrick Tuesday, April 28, 2020 7:00pm – 9:00pm So often we feel that the practice of a spiritual path entails shutting out the “unspiritual” parts of one’s life and focusing only on that which has the appearance of being more spiritual.  In this session, we will investigate why this approach can limit our ability to practice the Buddha’s teachings and how, with a greater awareness of wisdom and compassion, we can live each moment of our lives...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
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Apr 25, 2020 Scott Tusa
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Mindfulness in Buddhist Practice with Scott Tusa Friday, April 24, 2020 5:00pm – 7:00pm Do you know how to meditate? Mindfulness meditation is frequently advertised as a cure-all.  It can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase focus, etc.  But did the Buddha actually teach the type of mindfulness meditation that is frequently promoted nowadays? Join us for an evening with Scott Tusa where we look beyond secular mindfulness meditation.  Discover how meditation can lead to a...
Topics: dharma, Scott Tusa
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Apr 1, 2020 Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 24 – May 19, 2020 (no class April 28) (8 classes) Learn the definition of tantra, how tantra works and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn how to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. In addition, find out how to integrate the practices of tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results. Recommended book: “Introduction to...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Mar 12, 2020 Ven Amy Miller
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Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition with Ven. Amy Miller Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:00pm – 9:00pm For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. Explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. Discussion and meditation included along with practical applications for caregivers. Open to all levels of...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
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Mar 1, 2020 Tubten Pende
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path, by Je Tsong Khapa with Tubten Pende Saturday, 10:30am –​ 12:00pm February 29, 2020 March 28 April 18 June 27 July 25 Lama Tsongkhapa's special guru, Manjushri, provided this instruction to him. It is the quintessence of all advice on what we need to focus on in our practice to realize our optimum potential, buddhahood. Pende will discuss at length the three principal aspects: renunciation, the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta), and the correct...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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Feb 25, 2020 Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Geshe Thubten Sherab at Ocean of Compassion 2020 Geshe Thubten Sherab visited Ocean of Compassion for one week of teachings. Schedule ​Bodhicitta Friday, 2/21, ​7:00pm–9:00pm Bodhicitta is the aspiration to become enlightened in order to benefit all sentient beings.  As soon as we develop bodhicitta, we become a son or daughter of the Buddha: Should bodhicitta come to birth In those who suffer, chained in prisons of samsara, In that instant they are called the children of the Blissful...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Jan 12, 2020 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Wisdom of Emptiness with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 7 – March 10, 2020 (no class February 25 & March 3) (8 classes) The Buddha explained how all of our problems are rooted in not understanding how things actually exist.  In this class we will explore not only how things exist, but also how we actually exist.  Once we are able to realize the truth about existence we will end our problems forever. The core of this understanding is —...
Topic: Dharma
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Oct 17, 2019 Ven Losang Gyaltsen, Ven Losang Tendar
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Nalanda Merit Tour with Ven. Losang Gyaltsen and Ven. Losang Tendar Monday, October 14, 2019 7:00pm: Teaching by Ven. Tendar: How to Lead a Meaningful Life 8:00pm: Presentation by Ven. Gyaltsen and Ven. Tendar Ven. Gyaltsen and Ven. Tendar are Mahayana Buddhist monks from Nalanda Monastery in France. During their Merit Tour in the USA, they are sharing presentations about Nalanda Monastery, monasticism, what it means to be a monk, living in the vows, and tips on leading a meaningful life. Ven....
Topics: dharma, Ven Losang Gyaltsen, Ven Losang Tendar
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Oct 11, 2019 Rob Preece
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Entering the Path of Tantra with Rob Preece Mondays, September 2 and 9, 2019 ​7:00pm –​ 9:00pm Rob will introduce the "3 principles of the path" that are often seen as the foundation for tantric practice. He will also look at where the Tantric tradition fits within the broader context of Buddhist teachings and why it is such a significance way of practice.
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 27, 2019 Don Handrick
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Tara and Activating Feminine Energy in Spiritual Practice​ with Don Handrick Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm Although we all feel that our gender strongly identifies who we are, within each of us there is an unlimited source of both male and female energy. The beloved deity Tara, a familiar figure in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, is a female manifestation of enlightenment and, as such, serves to aid all practitioners in arousing their feminine energy. In this session, we examine...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 6, 2019 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm Sep 3, 10, 17; Oct 1, 15, 22, 29; ​Nov 5 (8 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism Module, we will look at ways to transform our thoughts, using methods known as mind training.  We will look at the source of our problems, and in doing that we can reduce them, and actually transform them into the causes for our own happiness. This in turn, leads to our ability to cherish and support others more...
Topic: Dharma
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Aug 13, 2019 Tenzin Ösel Hita
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Public Talk on One Big Love with Tenzin Ösel Hita Saturday, August 10, 2019 1:00pm – 2:30pm You are invited to a special talk with Tenzin Ösel Hita who is the officially recognized reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, the founder of FPMT. Tenzin Ösel is also a former monk, a film-maker, a father, a skilled musician and a source of deep spiritual and practical inspiration to many worldwide.
Topics: dharma, Tenzin Ösel Hita
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Aug 7, 2019 Ven. Robina Courtin
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Weekend Retreat: Finding Freedom and Ultimate Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 3 Sunday, August 4 10:00am – 5:00pm As His Holiness Dalai Lama says "all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering."   Isn't that the truth?  Join us to hear teachings on how to find this ultimate freedom and happiness for your life and to benefit others.   The weekend will consist of teachings, meditation and time for group discussions.   Ven. Robina's...
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Aug 6, 2019 Ven. Robina Courtin
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Weekend Retreat: Finding Freedom and Ultimate Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 3 Sunday, August 4 10:00am – 5:00pm As His Holiness Dalai Lama says "all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering."   Isn't that the truth?  Join us to hear teachings on how to find this ultimate freedom and happiness for your life and to benefit others.   The weekend will consist of teachings, meditation and time for group discussions.   Ven. Robina's...
Topic: Dharma
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May 17, 2019 Don Isaacson
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The Foundation of Buddhist Practice with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm May 16 – 30, 2019 June 27 July 11 August 29 –September 12 October 3 ,  17, 2 4, November 7 November 21 December 5 –19 January 9 –30, 2020 February 20 –27 April 2 –23 May 7 –June 25 In this class we will study the second of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students.  The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path. This second volume...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 10, 2019 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Bodhicitta with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm May 7 – June 25, 2019 (7 classes;  no class May 14 ) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and  bodhicitta.  Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is  considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings.  Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and how to...
Topic: Dharma
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Apr 15, 2019 Scott Tusa
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Calm Body, Clear Mind with Scott Tusa Friday, April 12, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00pm "To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body." – Shunryu Suzuki   Join us for an evening talk on enhancing your meditation through the body and if you wish to experience the meditations, continue with the half-day meditation retreat.  Meditation happens in the body.  But, in our quest for more...
Topics: dharma, Scott Tusa
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Apr 5, 2019 Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Geshe Thubten Sherab at Ocean of Compassion 2019 Geshe Thubten Sherab visited Ocean of Compassion for one week of teachings. Schedule Karma and It's Ending Thursday, 4/4, ​7:00pm – 9:00pm Overview of the Four Tenets Systems Friday, 4/5, ​7:00pm – 9:00pm Weekend Retreat: Shantideva's chapter on Joyful Effort ​Saturday, 4/6, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday, 4/7, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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Mar 23, 2019 Ven Amy Miller
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Life As Practice: Making Every Moment Count with Ven. Amy Miller Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm Our Dharma practice is a living thing that can be expressed in every aspect of our lives. Whether awakened or not, our own innate wisdom lies at the cutting edge of our present state of consciousness. Aren’t we actually more conscious than we often express in our daily living? So why is it that we choose to manifest anything other than our full potential? Due to choosing to live lesser...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 15, 2019 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 12 – April 23, 2019 (7 classes) In this module, we will explore the natures of  samsara  and  nirvana , investigate the  source of our problems and dissatisfaction, and learn how to move toward attaining a lasting state of peace and happiness. The terms  samsara  and  nirvana  describe how life is, and how it could be. We are all stuck in  samsara  — our lives seem to be an endless...
Topic: Dharma
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 5, 2019 Rob Preece
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The Three Kayas with Rob Preece Monday, March 4, 2019 ​7:00pm –​ 9:00pm The 3 kayas are the 3 bodies of a Buddha and are innate within us as our pristine Buddha nature. They are reflected in our daily life as our mind, body and emotions. Our awakening arises from all three of these aspects of our nature as they evolve and transform. When they are in a healthy relationship they become the basis for the embodiment of our natural capacity to serve the welfare of others.
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Feb 11, 2019 Ven Angie Muir
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Medicine Buddha Puja with Ven. Angie Muir Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00pm–3:30pm The Medicine Buddha represents an extremely powerful form of enlightened energy. The practices of Medicine Buddha are efficacious in healing and helping one to accomplish one’s goals successfully and can be of benefit to someone who is ill or who has died.
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jan 18, 2019 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 15 – February 26, 2019 (7 classes) In order to make greater progress along the spiritual path, it is useful to begin a daily practice at home, at whatever level is realistic in your life. In this class, we will learn how to establish a daily practice that is balanced and is practical for you. This course will include the following topics: How to set up an altar  The various elements of a balanced practice Introduction to...
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Nov 19, 2018 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Refuge in the Three Jewels with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm November 13 – December 11, 2018 (no class November 20; 4 classes) ​ Practice Day Saturday, December 15, 10:30am – 3:00pm What makes someone a Buddhist? A Buddhist is a person who takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha —  the "Three Jewels."  Find out more about the Three Jewels, what taking refuge actually means, and why the Three Jewels are suitable objects...
Topic: Dharma
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Oct 17, 2018 Ven René Feusi
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Meditation on The Seven-Point Instruction on Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa with Ven. René Feusi Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00am  –  5:00pm Sunday, October 14, 10:00am  –  5:00pm Homage to great compassion These instructions handed down by Serlingpa, Help us transform the problems in these degenerate times Into factors supporting our progress to enlightenment In this way they are similar to a diamond, the sun, and a medicinal tree POINT 1: GROUNDWORK First, do the groundwork....
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 27, 2018 Ven Angie Muir
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How To Series: Set Up an Altar with Ven. Angie Muir Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:00pm–9:00pm Altars are not just for temples! In order to develop/nurture our meditation we need the support of an altar and Holy Objects to inspire and energize our practice. Join us to find out how to set up your own altar and the special purpose and meaning behind the sacred objects such as statues and stupas.​
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 18, 2018 Scott Tusa
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Making Life Meaningful with Scott Tusa Saturday, September 15, 2018 12:00pm – 4:00pm In this workshop we will dive deep into the heart of the Buddha’s inner transformation and the spiritual tradition that arose from it. Through a combination of experiential learnings, guided meditation and discussion we will explore how to access and develop a grounded sense of inner well-being, a more available and open space of mindful awareness, and deeper insight into how to better overcome mental and...
Topics: dharma, Scott Tusa
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 18, 2018 Scott Tusa
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Experiencing Resilience and Happiness with Scott Tusa Friday, September 14, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Life does not always go the way we want, as we all experience emotional and physical difficulties at various points in our lives. Compassion is not only our ability to bear witness to the difficulties of ourselves and others when they come up, but over time, it can become the very basis for how we view and hold ourselves within the world. As a result of this we can experience a type of grounded...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 5, 2018 Ling Rinpoche
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path His Eminence Ling Rinpoche Friday, August 31, 2018 6:00pm –​ 9:00pm Translator: Venerable Steve Carlier The profound text by Je Tsongkhapa explains that renunciation, bodhichitta and a correct view of emptiness are the three pathways of mind essential for reaching enlightenment through either the sutra or tantra vehicles of practice.
Topics: dharma, Ling Rinpoche
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Sep 4, 2018 Ling Rinpoche
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Finding Well-Being and Happiness His Eminence Ling Rinpoche Saturday, August 25, 2018 2:00pm –​ 4:00pm Public talk University of California, Berkeley  MLK Student Union Building  West Pauley Ballroom 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA Translator: Venerable Steve Carlier The FPMT Centers of the Bay Area are honored to welcome His Eminence, the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, to the Bay Area on this auspicious visit to the West Coast. His Eminence is the recognized reincarnation of the 6th...
Topics: dharma, Ling Rinpoche
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Aug 25, 2018 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm August 21 - September 25, 2018  (6 classes) ​ Karma is one of the most misunderstood topics in Eastern Philosophy and yet it is essential to understand if one seeks the true nature of reality.  We see things, the world and those around us, as if they are there independently.  This is opposite the truth.  The law of cause and effect, karma, helps to understand and unravel our misperceptions of the...
Topic: dharma
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jul 26, 2018 Ven. Sangye Khadro
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Intro to Tantra with Ven. Sangye Khadro (author of How to Meditate) Tuesday, July 24 7:00pm - 9:00pm Interested in preparing for the upcoming initiations by various high lamas such as His Eminence Ling Rinpoche, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche and others in the area this year?  Or curious to learn more about Tantra?  Join us!  The main difference between Tantra/Vajrayana and Sutrayana An overview of 4 Classes of Tantra The different types of initiations, e.g. great initiation (wang.chen) and   ...
Topic: dharma
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jul 2, 2018 Don Handrick
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The Eight Pillars of Joy with Don Handrick Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm In The Book of Joy , His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu discuss "true joy," which is a deeper and more dependable way of being that can be sustained and aid us through the many challenges of our lives. In the book, they outline eight pillars, or qualities, that are needed to cultivate true joy and...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jun 29, 2018 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm June 26 – August 7, 2018  (7 classes) (no class July 24) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach  death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death  completely. In the Discovering Buddhism “Death and Rebirth” module, we will explore how to...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jun 25, 2018 Don Handrick
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Power of Listening with Don Handrick Friday, June 22, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm The Buddha taught frequently on skillful speech and yet there is quite obviously a need to complement all of our speaking with the skill of mindful listening in order for our communication with others to be truly useful and beneficial. Regardless of our role or profession, without attentive listening, our interactions with others can often become powerless and ineffectual. In this teaching, we will explore the practice...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jun 25, 2018 Don Handrick
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Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude with Don Handrick Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm Gratitude is undeniably a common practice of nearly every spiritual tradition as well as a part of society at large.  In this session, we will explore how to use the teachings of the Buddha to unlock the richness of our lives through the constant expression of gratefulness towards all aspects of our lives.  We will also discuss how, with an attitude of gratitude, we can tap into our natural state of...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jun 21, 2018 Don Handrick
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What's Positive Energy (Merit) Got to Do With It? with Don Handrick Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm It is taught that the path to enlightenment encompasses the accumulation of the two factors of merit and wisdom, with both being essential components for the attainment of Buddhahood.  In this session, we will examine the concept of merit or positive potential and explore the means of creating vast and extensive merit in our daily lives.
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jun 4, 2018 Geshe Ngawang Dakpa
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Parting from the Four Attachments with Geshe Ngawang Dakpa Translator: Venerable Steve Carlier Saturday, June 2, 2018 ​3:00pm –​ 5:00pm The Four Attachments, as shared by Manjushri: If you cling to this life, you are not a practitioner; if you cling to the three realms, that is not renunciation; if you cling to self-interest, you are not a bodhisattva; if grasping arises, it is not the view.
Topics: dharma, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 16, 2018 Ven Robina Courtin
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Let's Get Real: What's Your Life's Purpose? with Ven. Robina Courtin Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm Time to get real! ​ On Mother's Day, let's explore what our mothers (or mother figures) would have wanted for us. Peace, Love, Happiness? Or all the above? Come and investigate what's YOUR life's purpose in this life and beyond! Ven. Robina will teach, lead meditations and Q&A. Caution:  You may find your life's purpose.
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 11, 2018 Ven. Losang Drimay
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Saturday Series Using World Events to Grow in our Spiritual Life with Ven. Losang Drimay Saturdays,  11:00am – 1:00pm February 3  –  17, 2018 News about the environment, politics, gun violence, hate speech,  divisiveness, etc., can be  overwhelming.     Does it  make you feel helpless? Does it seem like  these days are much worse than other times in history? Let’s look at how these stories can help us gain insights on the stages of the path.  Note: we’re not talking about...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
May 8, 2018 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm May 1 – June 12, 2018 (7 classes) This series presents an overview to a systematic path to full awakening,  or enlightenment.  Basically, it summarizes the entire teachings of the Buddha. We will: look at the life of the historical Buddha discuss the three main components to achieving enlightenment—            renunciation, the wish to benefit others, and the right view of emptiness look...
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Apr 2, 2018 Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Geshe Thubten Sherab at Ocean of Compassion 2018 Geshe Thubten Sherab visited Ocean of Compassion for one week of teachings. Schedule Planting Seeds for Happiness: The 10 Virtues/10 Non-Virtues Friday, 3/30, ​7:00pm – 9:00pm Easter Weekend Retreat: The Wheel of Sharp Weapons ​Saturday, 3/31, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday, 4/1, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Keep Calm and Carry On: Cooling Afflictions During Challenging Times  Monday, 4/2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm Why and...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 23, 2018 Don Isaacson
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Approaching the Buddhist Path with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm March 22, 2018 April 12–May 3 May 24–June 14 July 5–July 26 August 23, September 6 September 27–October 18 November 8–December 6 (no class November 22) December 27–January 17, 2019 February 7–28 (no class February 14) March 28, April 11–25 This class will study the first in a series of books on the Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron, that is especially suited for...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 12, 2018 Rob Preece
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Approaching Mahamudra with Rob Preece Monday, February 26 ​7:00pm  –​  9:00pm Join us for this special teaching on the profound Mahamudra meditation.  Relax into the emptiness, luminosity and awareness of our ever-present nature of the Buddha mind.  Take a break from the mind that is most often caught up in the entanglement of ordinary, conceptual projections.  The meaning of Mahamudra is found in its name.  Maha  means “great” and  mudra  means “symbol” or...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 11, 2018 Tubten Pende
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Meditation on Emptiness with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm March 11, 2018 April 8 June 10 July 8 August 12 September 9 October 7 The Buddha said that the realization of emptiness is the path to liberation, and combined with great compassion it is the path to buddhahood. Therefore, anyone who aspires for these goals must learn what emptiness is and become increasingly familiar with it through meditation. This is not easy as every moment we are not meditating on emptiness we are...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 10, 2018 Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Module 2 - How to Meditate with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 6 – April 17, 2018 (7 classes) In module 2 of the Discovering Buddhism series, "How to Meditate", we will: learn basic meditation techniques learn the definition and purpose of meditation correct sitting posture how to set up a meditation session different types of meditation one may use basic steps to developing concentration (calm abiding) how to deal with obstacles to...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Feb 25, 2018 Ven Gyalten Palmo, Karuna Cayton
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Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential with Ven. Gyalten Palmo and Karuna Cayton Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 9, 23, and 30; February 13 and 20, 2018 (5 classes) In this first module, you will examine what is "mind," its nature and function, and how it affects our experience of happiness and suffering. Come explore the differentiation between mind and brain,mind as the creator of our experiences, and the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end....
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo, Karuna Cayton
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Nov 4, 2017 Ven René Feusi
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Meditation on Mahayana Mindfulness with Ven. René Feusi Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm Sunday, October 29, 12:00pm – 5:00pm Awakening cannot happen in the past nor in the future, only in the very present moment. This present precious moment of awareness is gradually imbued with the self-esteem, universal compassion and the transcendental perception of how things exist. Through this meditative investigation of reality, one can find everlasting peace and purpose in our lives.
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Oct 9, 2017 Tubten Pende
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How We Acquire Knowledge with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm October 8, 2017 November 12 December 10 January 14, 2018 February 11 The Buddha advised us to thoroughly subdue our minds, as our experiences — good or bad — arise from actions of our body, speech and mind; with the mind being the principal creator of action and experience. Regarding the mind, objects appear to it and it apprehends them. Based on these two functions, the mind can be identified and studied, especially...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Sep 28, 2017 Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 26 – November 14, 2017 (6 classes) ​ no class on October 17 and November 7 Learn the meaning of tantra, how tantra works, and why it is a powerful form of practice if done with the right foundation of understanding and practice. Get a broad overview of the distinction between sutra and tantra, the four classes of tantra and the meaning of deity yoga. In addition, find out how to...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Aug 26, 2017 Ven Robina Courtin
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Karma and Emptiness — How to Loosen the Grip of Ego and Gain Wisdom with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing completely that happiness and suffering come from "out there." But "everything we experience is our own karmic appearance," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche. "Everything is made up by our own minds." By understanding emptiness — that everything occurs in dependence upon...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Aug 26, 2017 Ven Robina Courtin
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When the Chocolate Runs Out with Ven. Robina Courtin Friday, August 18, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm We love chocolate. Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, "As long as I have chocolate, I'll be happy." This is the power of attachment at work. And based on this attachment, we create a chocolate-based philosophy and order our life prioritizing chocolate. But sometimes, we can't get our hands on any chocolate. And when the chocolate disappears, we get nervous, upset: "Oh...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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Aug 10, 2017 Ven Sangye Khadro
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Wholesome Fear with Ven. Sangye Khadro Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm In our busy lives, we may not give much thought to our deaths and, indeed, we may be uncomfortable even thinking about death. Perhaps we feel it is too depressing, or maybe we worry that thinking about death will take all the joy out of living. Yet in truth, when we actively think about death and prepare for our own deaths, the opposite actually happens: we connect more to the peace, fulfillment, and happiness...
Topics: dharma, Ven Sangye Khadro
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Aug 1, 2017 Don Handrick
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The Joy of Letting Go: Breaking Free of Harmful Habits with Don Handrick Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:00am–12:00pm: Teaching, Meditations 12:00pm–1:30pm: Lunch 2:00pm–5:00pm: Teaching, Meditations Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:00am–12:00pm: ​Teaching, Meditations Many of life's difficulties and complications are products of our own negative habitual thoughts and actions, but those harmful habits need not control our lives. In this weekend course, we'll examine a variety of these persistent...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jul 31, 2017 Don Handrick
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Learning to Like Problems with Don Handrick Friday, July 21, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm The Tibetan Buddhist tradition is rich with advice to help us to transform our ordinary frustrating and challenging experiences of difficulties into opportunities to enhance our spiritual development. In this teaching, Don Handrick will discuss the practical and powerful techniques of lojong (mind training) that can help us develop a different attitude towards the problems in our lives and thus see them not as...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jul 30, 2017 Don Handrick
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Making the Mind Spacious with Don Handrick Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm Lama Yeshe would frequently talk about the limitations of the "narrow mind" and how it creates so many of our problems. In this session, we will explore the habitual ways that we create our own difficulties through maintaining a constricted and limited focus in our lives.  We will also discuss how to cultivate a more vast and spacious view to enable us to open our minds and hearts to the opportunity...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jul 5, 2017 Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: The Spiritual Teacher with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 4 – August 1, 2017 (5 classes) Practice day: ​Saturday, August 5, 11:15am – 3:45pm Historically, this has not always been the most popular class to attend, but truly this is an important one to look at and understand.  It is also, the very first meditation topic in the Lam Rim, Graded Path to Enlightenment, and is the beginning of learning how to end suffering.  It is also said to be the...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jun 29, 2017 Guy Newland
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Everyday Emptiness: Practical Paths toward Peace with Dr. Guy Newland Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm Join us for an engaging evening with Guy Newland, Ph.D., scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and professor at Central Michigan University since 1988. Dr. Guy Newland has authored, translated, and edited a number of publications on Tibetan Buddhism. He was a student of Jeffrey Hopkins. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Newland Dr. Guy Newland will share how we all hear how central...
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May 21, 2017 Ven Angie Muir
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Prostration Mantra OM NAMO MANJUSHRIYE / NAMAH SUSHRIYE / NAMA UTTAMA SHRIYE SVAHA (3x) Refuge and Bodhichitta Prayer SANG GYÄ CHHÖ DANG TSHOG KYI CHHOG NAM LA      I go for refuge until I am enlightened JANG CHHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHHI      To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Supreme Assembly. DAG GI JIN SOG GYI PÄ SÖ NAM GYI      By my practice of giving and other perfections, DRO LA PHÄN CHHIR SANG GYÄ DRUB PAR SHOG      May I become a buddha to benefit all...
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
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May 9, 2017 Ven Amy Miller
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Family Fun: Meditation and Parents’ Session on Raising Children in the Dharma with Ven. Amy Miller Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm Parenting provides a profound opportunity for life-long spiritual practice. Often times, caretaking is demanding and can take the mind away from the presence of one’s compassion and wisdom. Through self-compassion, one can tap into one’s innate courage and fearlessness to lead families with equanimity, love, compassion and wisdom.   Come explore...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
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May 9, 2017 Ven Amy Miller
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Empathy, Emptiness and Empowerment in Vulnerable Times A Day-Long Retreat with Ven. Amy Miller Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm Schedule 10:00am–12:30pm: Teaching with meditation and short break 12:30pm–2:00pm: Lunch 2:00pm–4:00pm: Teaching with meditation In our daily lives, we are often bombarded by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness. We are influenced by these situations and begin to believe that in order to be happy we need to follow a particular...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
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May 9, 2017 Ven Amy Miller
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What's Love Got to Do with It? Creating Healthy Relationships with Ven. Amy Miller Friday, May 5, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm “Love” and “attachment” are often confused creating conflict in our relationships, particularly the most intimate ones. If we can lessen attachment, grasping, and control and more fully appreciate all of the goodness in our lives, experiences of genuine love and freedom organically arise. Join us and explore creating more love, spaciousness, and fun in your...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Apr 27, 2017 Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Wisdom of Emptiness with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 25 – June 13, 2017 (8 classes) Practice day: ​Saturday, June 17, 11:15am – 3:45pm ​The Buddha explained how all of our problems are rooted in not understanding how things actually exist.  In this class we will explore not only how things exist, but also how we actually exist.  Once we are able to realize the truth about existence we will end our problems forever.  The core of this...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Apr 21, 2017 Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Geshe Thubten Sherab at Ocean of Compassion 2017 Geshe Thubten Sherab visited Ocean of Compassion for one week of teachings. Schedule Friday, 4/14 ​7:00pm–9:00pm: Understanding the Eight Worldly Dharmas Saturday, 4/15 10:00am–5:00pm: Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life — Patience Sunday, 4/16 10:00am–11:00am: ​Sunday Meditation 11:00am–12:30pm: Easter Sunday Dharma Talk Tuesday, 4/18 7:00pm–9:00pm: Diamond Cutter Sutra “As a star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion,...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 25, 2017 Don Isaacson
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Practical Buddhism Series with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm ​March 23–April 13, 2017: Anger and Patience, Attachment and Aversion ​May 25–June 15, 2017: Jealousy and Pride July 6–August 3, 2017: Miserliness and Belligerence August 31–October 5, 2017: Concealment/Dissimulation/Deceit and Faith/Non-Faith October 12–December 14, 2017: Five afflicted views; Shame/Non-shame; Embarrassment/Non-embarrassment January 18, 2018: Conscientiousness, Non-conscientiousness, Guilt,...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Mar 13, 2017 Tubten Pende
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Mind and Its Functions with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm March 12, 2017 April 9 May 21 June 11 July 9 August 13 September 10 The Buddha has stated again and again that the mind is the creator of all happiness and suffering. He advised us to control our minds by avoiding nonvirtue and practicing virtue. He identified those mental functions that are virtuous and those that are nonvirtuous so that we would have a chance to succeed. This knowledge has been preserved by a living...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Feb 28, 2017 Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
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The Easy Path with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa Sunday, 11:30am–​1:30pm February 26, 2017 March 26 April 30 May 28 Saturday, 10:00am–​12:00pm May 12, 2018 June 9 July 14, 28 August 11 November 10 December 8 January 12, 2019 May 18 June 8 July 13 March 20, 2021 April 17 May 15 July 17 August 21 January 15, 2022 February 19 The First Panchen Lama’s Easy Path (de lam), written nearly four hundred years ago, is like a chest of jewels that has, until now, been locked to English...
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How To Series: Planning for Later Life and End of Life from a Buddhist Perspective Thursdays, 7:00pm–9:00pm February 23, 2017: Session 1 with Judy Weitzner March 2, 2017: Session 2 with Ven. Drimay Gudmundsson March 9, 2017: Session 3 with Judy Weitzner When suddenly one day one of your loved ones dies and you don’t know what to do to help, you’ll feel so confused, so lost. This made me think that knowing how to help others at the time of death is such important education to have. By...
Topics: dharma, Ven Drimay, Judy Weitzner
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Feb 23, 2017 Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: How to Develop Bodhichitta​ with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 21 – April 4, 2017 (7 classes) Practice day ​Saturday, April 8, 10:30am – 3:00pm Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself....
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
Jan 31, 2017 Karuna Cayton
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Ask The Buddhist Therapist with Karuna Cayton Karuna Cayton, long-time Buddhist practitioner, therapist and author of The Misleading Mind presents interactive teachings and extended Q&A sessions on modern psychology versus Buddhist psychology. Interactive Live Stream Class. Friday, January 27, 2017: Introduction Friday, April 7, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, May 11, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, June 29, 2017: Loss and Grief Thursday, September 21, 2017: Depression Thursday, October 26, 2017:...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton